The City of Long Beach Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau was awarded a grant of $671,200 for the “I Dig Long Beach – 6,000 Trees by 2020” program under the Port’s Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Grant Program. Neighborhood Services runs “I Dig Long Beach” and organizes the tree planting events, coordinates with community groups and businesses to provide volunteers, procures the trees, provides the tree planting tools/supplies, and performs outreach to community members about watering and tree care education. To date, the program has planted 2,780 street trees in Long Beach.
On June 25, 2016, the Rose Park Neighborhood Association hosted a tree planting in honor of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On June 4, 1919, the US Senate ratified the 19th Amendment establishing the right of women to vote in this country. To commemorate the 96th year anniversary of the women’s suffrage, the community planted 96 trees!
The Community Grants Program is an unprecedented effort to lessen the Port of Long Beach’s impacts on the community. Over the next 12 to 15 years, we plan to invest $46.4 million toward community-based projects that reduce our impacts on air quality, traffic, noise, and water quality.
For more information, visit polb.com/grants.